Almond Butter and Flax Seed Granola

Almond Butter and Flax Seed Granola

September 30, 2013 3 comments

If we were to play word association with the word “granola,” I guarantee one of the first words to be thrown around would be “healthy.” But the sad reality is, that just ain’t true. So many packages of granola and even homemade versions are so loaded with sugar and other junk, that those poor little oats go from wholesome and nutritious to just plain unhealthy. I will refrain from giving […]

Spiced Roasted Almonds

September 24, 2013 7 comments
Spiced Roasted Almonds

I hate how quickly retailers try to make us forget summer. The stores were filled with Halloween decorations weeks ago and soon they will be shoving those out to make room for the holiday decorations. Before we know it, all we will see is red and pink for Valentine’s Day. Can we SLOW IT DOWN PEOPLE? Here in LA it is still summer weather (well, that’s nothing new) and I […]

Chia Seed Protein Bars

September 21, 2013 23 comments
Chia Seed Protein Bars

I’ve been on a real Chia Seed kick for the last year. I put these little guys in everything – yogurt, overnight oats, and now I make protein bars with them, too! If you have never had chia seeds, or you’ve seen them in the store and are hesitant to try them, here are a few things that may sway you: – They are a great source of healthy fats, […]

Carrots with Raisins and Toasted Walnuts

September 16, 2013 7 comments
Carrots with Raisins and Toasted Walnuts

Holy cow, I could eat the whole batch of these carrots. I really could. There would be nothing wrong with that. It’s a perfectly healthy side dish. And if I did I would have super duper vision, right? Or something like that. You have to use your food processor to shred these carrots. Now, I know pulling out that food processor is a big pain. We all complain about it (even […]

Grilled Ground Beef Kebabs (Kofta)

September 4, 2013 3 comments
Grilled Ground Beef Kebabs (Kofta)

I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing Labor Day weekend. I can’t decide what is better – having that extra day to relax OR having a short work week. What do you think? Did you grill this weekend? Ever since we got our new Weber Grill two weeks ago, we have grilled almost every night. We can’t get enough of it! Up until now we haven’t had room for a […]

Turkey Meatballs

August 28, 2013 12 comments
The BEST EVER Turkey Meatballs Recipe l www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Meet Maggie, my new foster dog! Doesn’t she have the sweetest face? She is crazy snuggly (which is my FAVORITE). Because she is so darn cute, Maggie has already been adopted, but we are taking care of her for another week until she is off her medication and all clear to play with other dogs. Like all of our foster dogs, Maggie is very curious about all of the delicious smells coming from the […]

Gluten-Free Buckwheat Pancakes

August 19, 2013 5 comments
Gluten-Free Buckwheat Pancakes

I am finally unpacked and I am ready to rock ‘n roll in my new kitchen. This kitchen is a dream. All of the appliances are new and there is beautiful granite countertop with plenty of space for prep work.  The natural light is amazing and it leads onto a little deck where we finally have room for a grill! Oh the possibilities. This past Saturday was my birthday and my birthday […]

Eats Lately

August 13, 2013 4 comments
Eats Lately

What have I been cooking recently? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. I haven’t touched a recipe and barely used a chef’s knife in over two weeks. It’s weird. It is uncomfortable. And I really don’t like it. But, you see, I haven’t had a choice. I was away on vacation, and then as soon as I got back I started packing up my apartment to move (plates, pots, pans, knives, EVERYTHING included). […]

Summer Squash and Zucchini Soup with Parmesan

July 24, 2013 0 comments
Summer Squash and Zucchini Soup with Parmesan

Soup in the summer? Not exactly something you’re craving in 100+ degree weather, is it? Well, this soup is different — it takes full advantage of summer vegetables and fresh herbs and most importantly, it tastes DELICIOUS either hot or chilled. I served it hot the first night, but enjoyed cold leftovers straight from the fridge over the next few days and I swear it got better with each day.   This soup […]

Spiced Apples, Carrots and Red Onions with Lemon and Parsley Quinoa

July 19, 2013 1 comment
Spiced Apples, Carrots and Red Onions with Lemon and Parsley Quinoa

Hi Food Lovers, Welcome to the new and improved Little Chef Big Appetite. After a few months of reconstruction, I am back. New site, new look, but same old freakin’ delicious grub.  Don’t worry, I certainly did not stop, eating, cooking, baking, biting, or savoring — oh no. In fact, I have lots of goodies to share with you.   This post is all about cooking with color. In California, I […]